For many kids, the start of a new school year can feel daunting. They enter a new classroom filled with unfamiliar faces and have to adjust to different teaching styles and expectations. For students with special needs, overcoming these unnerving feelings is crucial for their educational success.
Just as every student with special needs is unique,... Read more »
“I can do it Mom!!!” she says confidently as she takes the knife and starts digging into the peanut butter jar. Trying to pull it out, the knife flicks up, and I duck as a chunk of peanut butter flies past me. “Oops! Sorry, Mom.” “That’s okay sweetheart,” I smile back at her.
Getting the toast... Read more »
Our six-year-old son kicked a girl in his summer school class last week. One of the teachers was trying to figure out with me what might have happened.
She offered a theory, “I know boys are big on super hero characters. I wonder if sometimes they play out those behaviors they are seeing?”
As she was talking... Read more »
In part one of this article, we covered the first three Things to Do before Your Next IEP meeting. The important first question is “Where do you want to go?” I asked you to sit down and write out what you want for your child -- both your big dreams for their futures as well as what... Read more »
The classmates of third grader Mikayla at Lower Nazareth Elementary School in Nazareth, Pennsylvania wrote and illustrated a book called Our Friend Mikayla. This is not a pity book. It is an honest account of how a group of nine-year-olds discovered that at our core, we are more alike than different. On the first... Read more »
A parent new to my hometown commented that she thought that all the school buildings and particularly the high schools had a very closed feeling. “It’s like they are meant to contain the students. Some look more like a prison than a place of learning.”
Ironically (or not) some of the schools were designed by architects... Read more »
In every classroom in America, there are students who receive special education services. Most students deal with issues such as AD/HD, learning disabilities or autism. It really is another kind of diversity. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 12.8 percent of the nation’s K-12 students had disabilities in 2008-09. Most only get one or... Read more »
One of the secrets about children with special needs is that they are often held to a different standard of behavior. It seems that once they get a label -- AD/HD, OCD, Autism or ED (Emotional Disability) that they cease being a child and become the label. School staff often has much less tolerance for typical... Read more »
This past week, my son M pointed out that he noticed a child who stood out for an unusual difference. I quickly pointed out to him that everyone is made differently and that he should never make fun of that child if he sees him again. Thankfully, this sunk in because we saw the child... Read more »
Whenever I see a used copy of one of the Hank Zipzer chapter books, I grab it. I loan them out often, and rarely get them back. But that’s OK. They are doing their work. Hank Zipzer is a series written by Henry Winkler (yes, the Fonz) and Lin Oliver about a boy, Hank, who... Read more »